Out of 186 players that started the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour event in Seoul, Korea, nine returned for the final table yesterday. After a hard day's play, Ziv Bachar finished off the final table the same way he began it - in first place. The young Israeli player took down the championship and the $139,872 first prize.
The final table chip stacks looked like this as the day began -
Seat 1: Ziv Bachar - 415,000
Seat 2: James Honeybone - 171,500
Seat 3: Jozef Berec - 350,000
Seat 4: Dan Schreiber - 185,500
Seat 5: Paul Adams - 184,000
Seat 6: Roger Spets - 168,000
Seat 7: Sid Kim - 110,500
Seat 8: Michel St Pierre - 149,500
Seat 9: Seval Haegeland - 127,500
It only took one hand for Michel St. Pierre to double up, when he shoved all in over the top of Paul Adams' preflop raise with pocket Queens. Adams insta-called with Kings, but the Queen on the flop left Adams drawing to two outs. No King on the turn or river for Adams, and he was left crippled. Three hands later Adams shoved his few remaining chips in holding , and found a caller in James Honeybone with . No help for Adams on the board and he busted in 9th place for $8,740.
After St. Pierre's double up and Adams' elimination, the madness of the first orbit wasn't over. Dan Schreiber moved all in over the top of Jozef Berec preflop on the very next hand, and Berec quickly called with . Schreiber was dominated with and the board missed both players, sending Schreiber home in 8th place for $13,113.
After the rapid-fire bustouts of Schreiber and Adams, it took several hours before the next elimination. Roger Spets found the last of his chips in the middle on the big blind, and was called by Ziv Bachar and Jozef Berec. Berec and Bachar checked it down to the river, and Bachar's unimproved was good enough to send Spets out in 7th place ($17,484).
Seval Haegeland was the next to bust when he jammed all in preflop and found two callers in Michel St. Pierre and Ziv Bachar. St. Pierre finished up the hands with trip 10s on a board of , and his was good enough to send Haegeland to the rail in 6th place ($21,855). It only took a few more hands until James Honeybone moved all in preflop with , getting a call from Jozef Berec with . The board of looked good for Honeybone, but the on the river was Berec's two-outer and busted Honeybone in 5th place ($28,412).
Michel St. Pierre started the final table with one of the shortest stacks, but his early double-up and consistent play through the evening helped him last all the way to 4th place. His final hand came when he shoved all in preflop with and Sid Kim called with . St. Pierre was well ahead, but the on the river gave Kim the win and sent St. Pierre to the rail in 4th place for $34,968.
After busting St. Pierre, Kim held the chip lead as the three remaining players went off for dinner break.
Seat 1: Ziv Bachar - 720,000
Seat 3: Jozef Berec - 139,000
Seat 7: Sid Kim - 983,000
Ziv Bachar made a run after dinner to take over the chip lead, and finally bust Kim in 3rd place. Both players checked the flop of , and when Kim led out on the turn , Bachar raised, then Kim re-raised all in. Holding the , Bachar called instantly. Kim turned over for the flush draw, and the on the river sent him to the rail in 3rd place ($48,081).
With Kim's elimination, Bachar had a massive chip lead over Jozef Berec, and the chip counts looked like this as heads-up play commenced -
Ziv Bachar - 1,677,000
Jozef Berec - 185,000
It didn't take long for Bachar to end the tournament, calling Berec's all in move preflop with . Berec was dominated with , and the final board read , and Bachar made Kings up with a 10 kicker, to bust Berec in 2nd place ($87,420) and claim the APPT Seoul championship title and the $139,872 first prize.